What if you actually believed what God said about you?

In listening to a sermon this morning, the pastor asked some questions and they led me to other questions.  What if you walked in faith?  What if I walked in faith?  What if you believed that you would never be forsaken by God?  What if I believed I was actually forgiven?  What if you believed God would give you a peace that surpasses understanding?  What if you believed that the debt you owed God for your disobedience was taken care of on the cross by Jesus?  How would that change how you and I live?

What if we believed we could do all things through Christ, who gives us strength? (Philippians 4:13).  What if we believed Jesus when He said in John 14:12, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

I happen to believe it.  And since I have become a pastor I have believed that God was going to do great things through me for His glory.  Sometimes I have spoken it aloud.  Sometimes it sounds arrogant to say and I can’t believe it’s coming out of my mouth.  Just like now, I am uncomfortable typing it.  But it’s only because I believe what God says about me.  And it’s not because of who I am, but because of who God is and who I am in Jesus.  I believe I am a precious child of God thanks to Jesus.  I believe that I have the power of the Holy Spirit within me.  I believe God will bring something good out of my toughest situations.  I believe God has a plan for me, and a hope and a future.  I believe the God who created the heavens and the seas, who gives birds their ability to fly and the fish their ability to swim, loves me.  And I believe He will use me to do great things so that people can glorify Him.

  • He is able to do immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within me. (Ephesians 3:20)
  • God is for me! Who can be against me? (Romans 8:31)

(I pray you would save this and read this over and over, day after day, and believe all this about yourself.  Or write out how God feels about you – not necessarily how YOU feel about you, but how God does.  Try to find one thing anywhere in the New Testament that He says bad about you as His child.)

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